Overall, the news was good for area softball teams on the first day of the 2011 playoffs.
In Class 5A, Sulphur survived a tough district tournament at home, run-ruling Dickson 14-3, in the deciding game, and Class 4A powers Latta (ranked No. 2) and Konawa (No. 4) cruised to victories in their district tournaments.
Stonewall’s third-ranked Lady Longhorns also had no trouble in winning the Class 2A district at Macomb, and Tupelo’s 2A district tournament at home was rained out and will be played today. But at Roff, the sixth-ranked Lady Tigers — a semifinalist in 2A last spring and a state tournament team in six of the past seven seasons — were upset on their home field by No. 11 New Lima.
CLASS 5A DISTRICT
After splitting two games with the Lady Comets earlier in the day, the Lady Bulldogs left no doubt in the “if-necessary” championship game.
Sierra McCurry capped a huge day with four hits, including three home runs, and seven RBIs, and Talley Magruder hit a walkoff home run in the fifth to end the game on the run rule. Magruder finished 2-for-3 and drove in five runs as part of a 13-hit Sulphur attack.
Chelsea Reeves also closed out a big day with two hits, including a double, and Madison Wolf had two hits for the Lady Bulldogs.
“We have been playing good softball for the last couple of weeks,” Sulphur coach Blake Crawford said after seeing McCurry, Reeves and Magruder combine to go 22-for-33 on the day with nine home runs (including three grand slams), four doubles and 30 RBIs. “I know a lot of people have underestimated us based on our record, but records don’t mean much to me.
“We played an extremely tough schedule all spring and were short a few players early in the season,” he added. “It seems that all the pieces of our puzzle are coming together at the right time, and I think we will continue to surprise people.”
Dickson 14, Sulphur 8
Sulphur managed just one extra-base hit but led 8-5 before Dickson scored seven runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to the grab the win.
Magruder had two hits and drove in three runs, and McCurry, Brendiel Sims. Taylor Edgar, Madison Wolf and Katie Jones added two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs.
Sulphur 12, Lexington 4
Reeves’ grand slam keyed a six-run first-inning rally, and Sulphur went on to run-rule 17th-ranked Lexington
McCurry, Wolf and Jones all doubled and finished 2-for-3, and Destiny Rodgers and Edgar also had two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs, who outhit Lexington 13-10.
Sulphur 14, Dickson 1
Magruder hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs, Reeves had a three-run shot and McCurry added a solo homer as the Lady Bulldogs run-ruled Dickson.
McCurry and Magruder were both 3-for-3, and Jones, Wolf and Sims finished with two hits apiece in the win.
CLASS 4A DISTRICT
Latta 14, Hartshorne 3
Siera Green allowed three hits over four innings and hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run first-inning outburst as Latta cruised to its third run-rule victory of the day.
Makenzi Lamb had a triple and a double for Latta, and Devin Lyon also tripled and finished 2-for-3 in the win. Kaitlin Hisaw and Madison Abney added two hits apiece as part of the Lady Panthers’ 13-hit attack.
“We hit the ball very well and played pretty good defense all day,” Latta coach Jim Foster said after seeing is club improve to 23-6. “We jumped out early in every game and did what we were supposed to do.”
Latta 17, Hartshorne 7
Carlee Henderson cracked a two-run homer, Nicala Price had a two-run single, and Green and Lyon added run-scoring triples in a 13-run first-inning explosion that carried the Lady Panthers to the win.
Lyon finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Henderson, Price and Cheyenne Crews and had two hits apiece and combined to drive in nine runs (four by Henderson) in the victory.
Latta 13, Vanoss 0
Henderson hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth, and Latta eliminated Vanoss (which had lost to Hartshorne, 6-3, in the day’s first game).
Lyon added two doubles, and Lamb, Crews and Brianna Hanson also had two hits apiece to key Latta’s 15-hit attack. Green scattered five hits, and the Lady Panthers were helped by eight Vanoss errors.
CLASS 4A DISTRICT
Melanie Gladden, Chelsea Gillum and Brooklyn Akerman all homered, and defending Class 4A champion Konawa (24-14) banged out 24 hits en route to the run-rule victory.
Allison Yellowfish doubled twice, Ciara Kuestersteffen had a triple and a double, and Akerman and Nail added doubles for the Lady Tigers, who led 9-0 after two innings and ended the game with a 14-run rally in the fourth.
Konawa 17, Stroud 7
Gillum homered for the second straight game and also tripled, and Konawa nine extra-base hits en route to another run-rule victory.
Gladden had a triple and two doubles, and Courtney Capps also doubled twice for the Lady Tigers, who led just 6-4 after three innings but finally put the game away with five runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
“Stroud wasn’t bad,” Konawa coach Jennifer Matthews said. “It was just one of those days where we hit the ball pretty well. We played pretty well all the way around in nasty conditions. That’s the best we’ve hit all year, and we didn’t leave many people on base, which is what we’ve been doing.”
CLASS 2A DISTRICT
Stonewall 16, Macomb 1
Amanda Transue scattered 10 hits for her 33rd win in 43 decisions this spring, and she also drove in two runs for the Lady Longhorns, who scored 55 runs and allowed just eight in their three games Thursday.
Stonewall led 7-1 after five innings before ending the game with nine runs in the top of the sixth. Savannah Burwell had three hits and two RBIs, and Kaitlynn Wright, Breann Gipson and Cheyanne Miller added two hits for Stonewall, which outhit Macomb just 15-10 but took advantage of six errors by the host squad.
Stonewall 16, Macomb 0
Breann Gipson homered twice and drove in five runs, and Miller also went deep as Stonewall banged out 16 hits in just three at-bats.
Brettney Brady had three hits, including a triple, and drove in a run while scoring three times; Bradianne Daniel doubled and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs; Miller was 2-for-3 and also drove in three runs; and Paige Curtis added two hits in the victory.
Stonewall 23, Bowlegs 7
Lyndsay Daffern homered and Miller tripled twice for the Lady Longhorns, who had 10 extra-base hits before finally ending the game on the run rule with an eight-run seventh inning.
Daffern drove in three runs, Brittany Gipson had a pair of doubles, and Wright, Curtis, Miller and Brady added two hits apiece and combined to score eight runs (three by Miller) and drive in eight (three by Curtis). Breann Gipson (one of only two starters without an extra-base hit) also drove in three runs for Stonewall.
New Lima 10, Roff 7
After losing a heartbreaker to New Lima earlier in the day and beat the Falconettes in the first championship game, the Lady Tigers blew a 6-1 lead and were eliminated in extra innings in their fifth game of the day.
New Lima tied the score at 7-7 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning and won the game with three in the top of the eighth. Roff, meanwhile, didn’t score in its final two at-bats.
C. J. Stewart had three hits, and Kelsey Anderson, Jordan Grinstead and losing pitcher Tori Brown added two apiece for the Lady Tigers in the loss.
Roff built a 6-0 lead and cruised to the victory, despite outhitting New Lima just 11-10. Grinstead had three hits and two RBIs and Brown finished 2-for-3 for the Lady Tigers.
Roff 17, Strother 7
Roff led 10-0 before Strother scored seven times in the bottom of the second, then the Lady Tigers scored five runs in the third and two more in the fourth to end the game on the run rule.
Taylor Canida had two hits and five RBIs, and Monica Miller had three hits for Roff, which also got two hits from Taylor McCoy in the win.
New Lima 13, Roff 12
The Falconettes scored nine runs in the bottom of the first before Roff tied the score with seven runs in the second and two more in the top of the third. After New Lima reclaimed the lead with three runs in the third, Roff tied it again with three in the fifth before the Falconettes scored the game winner in that bottom of that inning.
Brown finished 4-for-4 and drove in two runs, and Grinstead had three hits and two RBIs for the Lady Tigers.
Roff 12, Strother 0
Brown scattered five hits over three innings, and Grinstead homered and drove in four runs to lead Roff to the run-rule victory. Stewart, Canida and Brown also finished 2-for-2 and combines to score four runs and drive in three for the Lady Tigers.